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oldcomiskey
12-23-2001, 11:07 AM
The team is hoping to uncover a gem in lefthander Corey Lee, who was acquired from the Rangers in the trade that sent third baseman Herbert Perry to Texas.
Two years ago, the team signed Kelly Wunsch, who was buried in the Brewers' farm system. Wunsch became the team's lefthanded specialist and appeared in 83 games during the 2000 season.
Last year, the team acquired righthander Gary Glover in a minor-league trade from the Blue Jays. Glover had a strong training camp and made the opening day roster as a reliever. He finished the season in the starting rotation.
Lee, the Rangers' first-round pick in the 1996 draft, was 44-47 with a 4.92 ERA in six minor-league seasons with Texas. Lee spent last year at Class AA Tulsa and was 5-12 with a 5.31 ERA. He split the season as a starter and reliever and, the team was impressed with his 103 strikeouts over 125 1/3 innings. . . .

Manager Jerry Manuel has said infielder Tony Graffanino is good enough to get a starting crack at some oint of his career. He'll spend the next two years with the team after signing a new contract.
The team is thrilled to have Graffanino back. Not only is he a positive presence on the bench, but also ahighly skilled utility infielder. Graffanino is coming off the best season of his career. In 74 games, he batted a career-high .303 and drove in 15 runs. He also had the team's best on-base percentage (.370).
Graffanino has considered moving to another team and getting a chance to play every day, but he is very happy with his role on the team. . .
The team is considering offering DH Jose Canseco a minor-league contract and inviting him to springtraining. The move would offer the team security in case regular DH Frank Thomas is still not 100
percent.

Thomas missed most of the 2001 season with a torn right triceps. He recently started taking batting ractice and is 85 percent healthy.
Canseco, who batted .258 and hit 16 home runs in 76 games for the team in 2001, wants to be the tarting DH for a team. But since interest in his services is low, he might agree to rejoin the team and ope for the best.

POSITIONAL ANALYSIS

Right field: The team has been steadily locking up its young talent. The biggest splash came in late July, when right fielder Magglio Ordonez agreed to a three-year, $29.5 million contract. It's an xpensive deal, but the team feels Ordonez is worth every penny.
Ordonez, 28, is a near lock to bat .300 or better and deliver 30-plus home runs and 100-plus RBIs every eason. He's also extremely durable. Ordonez has been named to the last three American League All-Star eams and he has showed no signs of slowing down.
Even though he can hit for power, Ordonez struck out only once in every 9.6 at-bats in 2001. That was10th best in the league. Ordonez also reached career highs with 40 doubles and 25 stolen bases.

Defensively, he is an underrated performer. Ordonez always seems to get a good jump, and his speed llows him to charge and catch short fly balls. His throwing arm is surprisingly strong and Ordonez anked seventh in the AL in 2001 with 11 assists.
Simply put, Ordonez excels in every area of the game. When he does need a day off, which is very rare Aaron Rowand, Jeff Liefer and Brian Simmons are all options. But Ordonez prefers to play every day, even when he's less than 100 percent.

HOT STOVE UPDATE

Don't believe any of the rumors that have left fielder Carlos Lee being traded. Lee had a terrible second half in 2001, batting.228, but he is still a developing young star. Lee could bring a quality starting itcher in a trade, but he's staying put.

cheeses_h_rice
12-23-2001, 12:15 PM
Two things I thought were interesting in this article were that

1: JM thinks Graffy could get a starting crack (yes, he said "in his career," but I take that to mean watch out, Ray-Ray).

2. That the Sox are still considering keeping Canseco on their minor league squad in case Frank is not 100%. I thought fer shure Canseco was a goner.

duke of dorwood
12-23-2001, 08:03 PM
:bashbro

Is that the same as Newark?

Daver
12-23-2001, 08:34 PM
I will be highly surprised to see Magilla Gorilla back in a Sox uniform.

RichH55
12-24-2001, 05:35 AM
Jose isn't a bad insurance policy...I'm really surprised some team out there doesn't have a spot for him, especially considering he comes really cheap....He's motivated at the very least so he's worth a look if you have a spot for him

RedPinStripes
12-24-2001, 08:15 AM
Originally posted by daver
I will be highly surprised to see Magilla Gorilla back in a Sox uniform.


:canseco
"wanna race down the Dan Ryan and then get into a bar fight?

RichH55
12-24-2001, 07:19 PM
Originally posted by RedPinStripes



:canseco
"wanna race down the Dan Ryan and then get into a bar fight?

What is the tag name for this particular picture of Jose?